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THE cat and mouse game between travellers and a local authority continues.

A group of 12 caravans which had pitched up at a beauty spot off Barncroft Way, Bedhampton, last week have left following an eviction order.

But they have now parked up in Havant Road, Emsworth and Havant Borough Council is working on Hampshire County Council’s behalf to evict them.

Officers have issued a notice to quit the site and carried out a needs assessment – which has to be carried out by law.

Another, smaller, group of travellers who had originally set up camp on public land in Bitterne Park, Leigh Park, two weeks ago have only just left their second encampment in the borough off Fulflood Road, Leigh Park.

The Bitterne Park encampment cost Havant Borough Council £1,000 in eviction court costs and to clean the mess up after them.

The Fulflood Road site was private land they eventually moved off on Thursday afternoon.

The council placed concrete blocks at the site to prevent further unlawful access. A clean up of the area is now underway.

A clean up operation together with security measures has started at the Barncroft Way.